Photos (Top to Bottom): Olympia's new ground at Warrane with an artificial pitch; Olympia Warriors' president George Mamacas has quashed rumours of trouble at the ground [PlessPix]
Olympia Warriors president George Mamacas has quashed persistent rumours that his club’s new artificial pitch at Warrane has struck trouble and will not be completed in time for the 2011 Premier League season.
Speaking today from the US, Mamacas said:
“The ground’s progress has been good up until the bad weather in Hobart the last few weeks.
“This has caused delays, but certainly will not delay the Olympia FC Warriors’ Premier League first rostered fixture on the 12th of March, 2011, versus New Town Eagles at 2:30pm.
“The contractors have gone home for Christmas and New Year and will return in the second week in January to complete the project.
“The ground has specific needs when building and laying. In the first stage, the base has to be built. This was done and achieved high praise from the contractors.
“In the second stage, the carpet has to be laid and glued. This process was weather dependent and could not be done in the rain. Fortunately, there were enough dry days to complete it.
“The third stage is now where we sit, with about 55 per cent of the work completed.
“This stage is also very weather dependent. The carpet is being filled with sand and tiny rubber balls. In order for this to be done properly, dry carpet is required so that the sand can be compacted down into the carpet.
“This process cannot be done in the rain or wind as it blows the sand and balls around and also the rain impedes on the process by making everything wet and sticky, therefore not allowing the sand and balls to drop and settle to the bottom of the carpet.
“The only local people who have worked on the carpet side of it have been a few of our players, who saw an opportunity to not only help out our club, but to earn a few dollars during their school holidays.
“There is only a week’s work left to complete the job.
“As far the size of the ground is concerned, the speculation that it is below minimum standards is pure crap.
“The very first discussion I had with FFT was about what size do we need to build to play Premier League. I may be dumb, but perhaps not that dumb! I suspect, as always, there will be a few jealous people out there who would dearly love to see this fail.
“Warrior Park will be completed by the end of January. It will be of Premier League standard and the public at large will benefit from our work.”
Well, that’s it, straight from the horse’s mouth.
Mamacas will be back on deck in Tasmania on 17 January.